Review Of "Beyond: On Life After Death" By F. M. Frohock

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Frohock (political science, Univ. of Miami) brings a fresh, unique perspective to the age-old question of life after death. All who are interested in the possibilities and limits of scientific and critical thinking will find much to weigh and ponder in this thoughtful and probing study. Believing that life after death can be neither conclusively verified nor falsified, Frohock is free to explore a host of theories and interpretations, along with evidence sometimes educed in their support. He examines near-death experiences, the putative memories of past lives, out-of-body experiences, claims of communication with the dead, and recent brain research. In addition to examining such standard philosophical issues as the body-mind problem and the nature of personal identity, he also investigates epistemological issues, especially those concerning rules of evidence and various forms of explanation. This is a rewarding book for those who have questions about life's meaning and scope. Among Frohock's many other books are Lives of the Psychics (CH, Feb'01, 38-3586) and Healing Powers (CH, Jan'93, 30-2708). Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.


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